NORFOLK, Va. – Keith Aucoin broke a 1-1 tie late in the second period as the Norfolk Admirals (27-16-8-3) fell to the Hershey Bears (34-16-1-3), 2-1, on Tuesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will battle on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope in Hall of Fame and Alumni Game Weekend.
Mike Angelidis scored Norfolk's lone goal while goaltender Mike Smith was saddled with the loss after stopping 18 of 20 shots.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Dylan Yeo sent a shot from the left point that deflected off the skate of Bears forward Jay Beagle in the slot. The puck ricocheted to the right point, where Sean Collins one-timed it through a screen and past the left leg of Smith at 14:12.
Norfolk knotted the score at 1-1 10:50 into the second stanza. James Wright dropped a pass from the left point to Kevin Quick in the left circle. Quick centered the puck to Angelidis in the slot, and Angelidis sent a shot between the blocker and right leg of Hershey goaltender Todd Ford for his sixteenth goal of the season.
Hershey re-claimed the lead with only 18 seconds left in the second period. Kyle Greentree sent a pass from the left half wall to Keith Aucoin at the right point. Aucoin sent a slap shot past a screened Smith for a 2-1 Bears lead at 19:42.
The Admirals sent ten shots on Ford in the third period but were unable to find the equalizer.
Mike Smith (20 shots, 18 saves) took the loss. Todd Ford (30 shots, 29 saves) earned the win.
Both teams were 0-4 on the power play.
The Admirals will battle the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. Friday night is Hall of Fame Induction Night, as Ajay Baines and Steve Poapst will be inducted into the Admirals Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony. Saturday marks the return of the Alumni Game at 4:00 p.m. Saturday is also American Cancer Society Relay for Life Night with $10 ticket available for a limited time by contacting your Relay for Life team leader or by calling the American Cancer Society at (757) 493-7940.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Take advantage of great savings on Admirals tickets with our 10-Packs and group tickets. 10-Packs are available for as little as $110 and allow you to pick the games you want. Group tickets start at $10 for groups of 25 or more people. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime for more details or to purchase your tickets!
1. Keith Aucoin – HER
2. Sean Collins – HER
3. Mike Angelidis – NOR
NOTES … The Charlotte Checkers lost 3-0 to the Albany Devils this evening. The Admirals still trail the third place Checkers by one point (with one game in hand) in the AHL's East Division … The Admirals' shutout streak ended at 134:24, leaving the streak 45:19 short of the AHL Admirals record … Norfolk is 0-3-0-0 in its first three games against Hershey this season … Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled defenseman Mike Vernace from the Admirals ... Vernace recorded his first Lightning point tonight with an assist as Tampa Bay fell to the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in a shootout, at the St. Pete Times Forum … Scratches: Levi Nelson, Tim Marks, Mitch Fritz, and Cedrick Desjardins.